The Girls’ Summit

**12th Annual Girls’ Summit postponed by Siena College due to COVID-19

What is the Girls’ Summit?

Girls’ Summit is a free, full day forum for and about girls and STEM. The event is designed to empower, inspire and inform girls to better prepare for their future. As Tech Valley continues to grow, we need to continually address the gender gap in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Girls’ Summit focuses on STEM studies, careers and fields, and the development of girls into the next generation of leaders and problem solvers.

2020 Theme & Audience

For 2020, our focus will be Stronger, Smarter, Bolder; Girls take the lead.

When girls have models of success and perspectives of strong women, they thrive. A solid foundation in elementary and secondary math and science is critical for success in post-secondary education, as well as in careers and leadership roles related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM. Girls have made gains in these fields in recent years, and they continue to perform academically on par with their male counterparts in the subjects of math and science. But in spite of their obvious talents, they are underrepresented in STEM majors in college as well as in STEM-related careers. By learning skills in STEM, every girl can build the foundational problem solving, creativity, and communication skills that will help her succeed and stay competitive in whatever she chooses to do.

In 2020, the target audience for the summit will be  two hundred 7th grade girls who attend the Ballston Spa and Niskayuna school districts. The participation of Ballston Spa Middle School is made possible by a grant from Soroptomist (Saratoga) and other supporters. The participation of Niskayuna Middle Schools is made possible by a grant from the Niskayuna Community Foundation. Girls’ Summit Sponsors also include: Albany Med and Siena College.

Our goal is to expose girls in their middle school years to positive and engaging experiences with science, technology, engineering, and math. For girls, this is a critical age and stage of their development and Girls’ Summit is designed to stimulate a curiosity, interest, and connection to the fields of STEM. Girls Inc. is committed to helping girls discover how STEM and its many applications offer exciting opportunities both today and for the future.

Venue

Each year, we collaborate with a local college/university for the location of the summit in order to provide girls a taste of the college experience. For our 12th annual summit, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Siena College. This new partnership will give us the opportunity to expose 7th grade girls to another state-of-the-art college campus.  Holding the Girls’ Summit at Siena College,  will allow for exciting learning opportunities and will inform girls about college and career decisions as they relate to STEM and the Capital Region.

Schedule

The 2020 summit is taking place on TBD, 10:00-1:30pm to accommodate the school district and bussing/transportation schedules (subject to shift by 10 minutes or so). The day begins with an ice-breaker and a large group activity. Lunch will be provided. Each girl will then have the opportunity to participate in two, 45-minute afternoon workshops. The summit concludes with brief closing remarks and a reflection on the day. Educators, administrators, and school counselors from the attending districts are also invited to share in the Girls’ Summit experience. We hope that the topics, tools, and information provided can be easily translated to use in the classroom or other learning environment.

For more information about our upcoming Annual Girls’ Summit, please contact:

Kerry Gribbon, Director of Grants and Partnerships

(518) 374- 9800 ext. 225 or [email protected]